Bacolod’s most wanted person killed in shootout

The body of Fritz Diosanta was found on the second floor of the house of a purok chairman at Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, following a shootout Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of CIDG-Bacolod)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – An operation against a wanted person turned bloody when the top most wanted person of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) was killed in a shootout at Purok Baybayon, Barangay Banago here on Tuesday.

Slain was Fritz Diosanta, 29, of the said village. He was included in the top 20 Most Wanted Person of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) this year.

Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Bacolod were supposed to serve two arrest warrants for murder and illegal gambling against Diosanta when the latter allegedly fired at them upon sensing their presence in the area.

Chief Master Sergeant Ramiro Gocotano, CIDG-Bacolod head, said the arrest warrant for murder was issued by Judge Eduardo Sayson of Regional Trial Court – Branch 53 here on January 30, 2020, and another warrant for violation of Presidential Decree 1602 was issued by Judge Francisco Pando of Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC)-Branch 4 here on August 22, 2018.

Gocotano said they retaliated by giving a warning shot urging the suspect to surrender, but he refused and ran towards the stilt houses, which resulted in a brief chase.

The suspect allegedly climbed the rooftop of some houses until he entered an open window at the house of a purok chairman, where he was found dead, Gocotano said.

He said that Diosanta succumbed to a lone gunshot wound in the eye and also sustained other injuries during the chase. Policemen were unharmed.

Police recovered along the shoreline a .38 caliber revolver believed to be thrown by the suspect during the chase, three live ammunition, and two empty shells of the said firearm.

Gocotano said that Diosanta was also linked in the alleged killing of police assets here.

He was also reported to be engaging in illegal drugs at the said village, Gocotano said.

Gocotano said that the suspect’s family has yet to comment on the incident.